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. >> thank you. >> thanks. >>> and let's get more on this now from abc's cokie roberts, a veteran vatican watcher. we were hearing that no consensus is forming yet. very different than eight years ago. when cardinal ratzinger was the front-runner for pope. >> he was the guy to beat. it was ratzinger versus not ratzinger. there is no obvious candidate. and they don't know each other very well. more than half of them have been appointed by this pope in the last eight years. so, they have to get to know each other. and then, see who's for whom before they can -- form a consensus. >> discussions have begun even though the conclave hasn't met yet. you pointed out that more than half were chosen by pope benedict. that means he's going to have some influence on the choice, even though he pledged to stay out of it. >> and he pledges to pray for them and hopes that the holy spirit leads them in the right direction. which is interesting, george. in the past, he said the holy spirit didn't have much to do with the conclaves. he didn't want to blame the holy spirit for a bad pope. it is a time when p
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for your time and your thoughts. >> thank you very much, god bless you. >>> let's bring in cokie roberts in washington, d.c., her po mother sefshdz as the united states am bar doz dor. once they understood that pope benedict was saying, the jockeying for power and prominence began. >> i'm sure that's true, elizabeth. this is supposed to be a decision decided by the holy spirit, the holy spirit has a good deal of politics. you know, i guess the cardinals will be brushing up their latin so they don't have any more surprises like this. the fact that there's no obvious success so is going to be something they have to grapple with. when john paul died, we knew that joseph ratzinger who became pope benedict xvi, he was a very powerful man in the vatican the pope's enforcer in some ways. we all knew his name. we don't really know the names of any of these people now. but, so it's going to be a much more diverse, i think, selection process. >> what are the chances that we'll see a pope from central america or africa? >> it will tough to do that. majority of the catholics are in the southern hemi
process using smoke csignals. let's bring in cokie roberts. pope benedict was anointed the successor to pope john paul ii in many ways. can benedict anoint his own successor now? >> sure he can. if he wants to. that's the question now. this surprise and shocking resignation as opposed to the death of the pope means we have an odd period of time before the conclave. usually, there's a long period of mourning, which is also a time for politicking. among the cardinals. now we don't know when the conclave will happen. i would suspect sooner than later, with easter around the corner. i think that the politicking time period is probably going to be shorter than usual. that will have an effect. >> you talk about the politicking. there was a saying that the rumor mongering among the different vatican watchers begins about who will be the next pope the minute the previous pope is sworn in. who are the names that have emerged in the last eight years that we have had pope benedict leading the church as to who might be his successor? >> the whole argument is over whether it will be a progresser
, cokie roberts, our own vatican expert, and your mother served as ambassador to the vatican tharkts he will not interfere with the choice of the next pope. of the 115 cardinals or so who will vote for the next pope, this pope appointed more than half of them. he does have an influence in that respect. >> absolutely. more than 57% have been appointed by him. they have a certain allegiance to him. but they've also never been in a conclave before. they're in this position of trying to figure out who a new pope will be, probably for life, though perhaps benedict has set a precedent by resigning. it will affect the 1.5 million catholics in the world but it will affect them, their job. he sta the cardinal said, it is with trepidation we dom this moment. that's what i'm feeling here at the vatican today and yesterday, trepidation. real sense of, this has never happened before and we're not at all sure this is a good thing. >> and this had haz to be a terrifying choice, terry moran, because this has been a time of trouble for the church, dealing with the abuse scandals for the last several yea
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